Israel Center

The Sinai Temple Israel Center was established to forge an ever stronger link between Los Angeles Jewry and Israel by providing programs and resources with an emphasis on education, culture, advocacy, and travel. The Israel Center aspires to enhance Israel’s image and standing in our community and across the United States.

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David and Angella Nazarian Youth Leadership Program

Funded by generous Sinai Temple members Angella and David Nazarian, the Nazarian Youth Leadership Program was designed to instill a love of Israel into the hearts and minds of Sinai Temple teens.

The Nazarian Fellowship is a highly competitive and prestigious program, composed of Sinai Temple teens who demonstrate strong leadership skills and share a passion for developing ties between Israel and the Los Angeles Jewish community. Fellows are given unique opportunities to cultivate their leadership abilities and develop their voices as ambassadors for Sinai Temple, Israel and the greater Jewish community.

Want to learn more? Contact Rabbinic Intern Kevin Lefkowitz at or 310-481-3305.

Sinai Temple Israel Center Rabbinical School Fellowship:

Click HERE to learn more and to complete an application.

Community Partnership:

Fuel For Truth works to equip young adults/professionals around the United States with the facts, skills and confidence to advocate for Israel and impact how members of their social and professional networks understand the Arab-Israeli conflict. FFT does this by educating and empowering these individuals with high-level analysis of Israeli history and current issues, proven communication skills rooted in behavioral psychology, and mock social simulations that reflect real-world discussions surrounding Israel. More than ever, in a time when Israel’s right to exist and defend itself is increasingly questioned, advocates must be as prepared as possible to have these difficult conversations.

Sinai Temple is proud to host monthly Fuel for Truth meetings at our site. While we currently simply serve as a meeting location, we are planning for a more involved partnership in 2020 and beyond.

Spotlight on Sinai Temple Religious School’s Shinshinit


Liri Kasirer

Liri Kasirer

Hi everyone, my name is Liri Kasirer. I’m the Shinshinit at Sinai Temple Religious School. I just came from Israel and I’m so excited to start the year! I live in Kfar Sirkin, a Moshav (type of Israeli agricultural community) located in the middle of Israel, 30 minutes from Tel Aviv. I’m 18 and have three brothers ages 20, 13, and 6. I really like to bake, and I have a small business that I put on hold for this next year while I am here at Sinai Temple. I also like to travel a lot and see new landscapes. A fun fact about me is that I have donated my hair three times to an organization called Zichron Menachem, which supports children who have been diagnosed with cancer in Israel.

Organizational Partners

Sinai Temple’s Israel Center partners regularly on programs and initiatives with local, national and international organizations including, but not limited to:

Jewish National Fund
American Israel Public Affairs Committee
American Friends of Israeli Navy Seals
Friends of Israeli Defense Forces
Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies at UCLA
UCLA Hillel
Masorti Olami
World Zionist Congress


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